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Imagine Otherwise: Tala Khanmalek on Femme of Color Healing Justice & Self-Care in Grad School

January 25, 2017 Podcast

Tala Khanmalek shares how academics can incorporate healing justice and disability justice into academic workflows, how a holistic approach to graduate school enabled Tala to create social justice projects, and what a healing justice and disability justice-based world would look like.

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Imagine Otherwise: Zach McDowell on Open Access Publishing & Why “Information Wants to Be Free”

January 11, 2017 Podcast

Zach McDowell reviews the relationship between the open access movement and other social justice movements, how decreasing the “digital divide” isn’t the only thing needed for true media justice, and what it really means when people say “information wants to be free.”

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Imagine Otherwise: Jessie Daniels & Polly Thistlethwaite on Being a Scholar in the Digital Era & How Librarians Save Lives

December 28, 2016 Podcast

Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite discuss why so many scholars who are interested in open access publishing are also social justice activists, and how those scholars and activists can expand public access to scholarship.

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Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis on Asian American Mental Health Activism & Parenting in Academia

December 14, 2016 Podcast

What does wellness and unwellness look like in the context of Asian America? In the context of academia? Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis discuss how academia can better address parenting, mental health, and wellness, as well as the forthcoming special issue of the Asian American Literary Review.

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Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Nguyen on Tarot, Punk of Color Politics, & Resignifying Keanu Reeves

November 30, 2016 Podcast

Mimi Nguyen addresses imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom repeatedly attached to refugees, how Mimi is drawing unexpected artistic encounters between actor Keanu Reeves and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön, and why communities of color are turning to tarot for activist inspiration and to imagine other ways of being in the world.

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Imagine Otherwise: Amanda Phillips on Critical Digital Humanities & Hashtag Syllabi

November 16, 2016 Podcast

Amanda Phillips chats about the politics of video game realism in an era of increasingly visible police violence, why marginalized communities have turned to digital media for organizing, and how hashtag syllabi have transformed what it means to teach about current events.

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Imagine Otherwise: André Pérez on Transgender Oral History & the Power of Storytelling for Trans People of Color

November 2, 2016 Podcast

André Pérez shares his approach to multimedia projects, why he focuses on work that empowers marginalized communities, and how storytelling helps us imagine otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: Wazhmah Osman on Autoethnography & Documentary Filmmaking

October 19, 2016 Podcast

Wazhmah Osman addresses the politics of memoir, what the trauma of war does to archival research, and her critically acclaimed documentary film, Postcards from Tora Bora, which recounts Wazhmah's return to her childhood home of Kabul, Afghanistan nearly 20 years after her family fled Cold War violence.

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Imagine Otherwise: Ronak Kapadia on Resisting Imperial Visuality & Why Activists of Color are Returning to the Body

October 5, 2016 Podcast

Ronak Kapadia shares how Middle East, Arab, and South Asian artists are using visual culture to critique US empire, the relationship between social justice activism and ethnic studies/women's studies scholarship, and self-care and community care as disability/healing justice ways to imagine otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: April Lynn James on Whimsical Poetry as a Healing Tool for Trauma & Building an Altac Career

September 21, 2016 Podcast

April Lynn James addresses how storytelling can help trauma survivors heal, the role of poetry in racial justice struggles, crafting an altac career that fits your unique skills and desires, and the political and personal importance of whimsy and laughter.

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Imagine Otherwise: Karma Chávez on Queer Migration Politics & Using Radio and Podcasts for Public Scholarship

September 7, 2016 Podcast

Karma Chávez discusses the intersectional politics of migration, how grassroots activism is essential to social change, the power of sound-based media, and how her work integrates art, activism, and academia.

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Imagine Otherwise: Minal Hajratwala on Queer South Asian Poetry & How to “Write Like a Unicorn”

August 24, 2016 Podcast

How can publishers promote voices from the margins, and how can writers do their part in insisting that their voices are heard? Minal Hajratwala talks about her genre-bending writing style, the joy of coaching other writers, and how publishing can be a form of activism.

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Imagine Otherwise: Elizabeth Walker and Maria Novotny on Oral History, Reproductive Justice, & the ART of Infertility

August 17, 2016 Podcast

Elizabeth Walker and Maria Novotny discuss popular representations of infertility, the common misogynist refrain that tells women they need to “fix” infertility by becoming mothers, the childfree movement, and merging oral history and art with academic scholarship.

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Imagine Otherwise: Katie Manthey on Fat Fashion Bloggers & the Racially Gendered Politics of Academic Dress

August 10, 2016 Podcast

Katie Manthey talks about feminist fat fashion blogging, running a website about body positivity, and the racially gendered politics of what counts as “professional dress” in the academy.

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About Imagine Otherwise

Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Episodes offer in-depth interviews with creators who use culture for social justice, and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds.

Learn more about the show and host Cathy Hannabach

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